Professional Insider/Trend Spotting
Move over Harry Winston and Fred Leighton; there are new names on the red carpet
The jewelry trends from the Academy Awards presentation in April are easy to sum up: Antique-style diamond chandelier and other dangling pendant earrings ruled. There also were diamond rings and necklaces galore, in every size, style and color imaginable.
The biggest trend for the jewelry industry, however, was the number of designer jewelers who made it into the Oscar spotlight. Alfredo Molina of Molina Fine Jewelers, Phoenix, AZ, scored when when actress Laura Harring wore his necklace featuring the $25 million Archduke Joseph diamond, a 76.45-ct. gem dating to the 17th century and ranked as the worlds 12th largest perfect white diamond.
Harring also wore $1 million shoes Stuart Weitzman created with 464 round and pear-shaped Kwiat diamonds set in platinum supplied by the Platinum Guild International.
Among other designers and jewelers enjoying the spotlight were H. Stern, who placed pieces on Sharon Stone, Angie Harmon and Neve Campbell; Cathy Carmendy, who decorated Helen Hunt; and Henry Dunay, whose rare 43-ct. aquamarine drops graced the ears of Pauletta Washington, wife of Oscar winner Denzel.
Nicole Kidman wore 241 carats of rough-cut diamonds in a multistrand necklace by Bulgari, and Kate Winslet wore diamond ear studs from Mouawad. Other jewelers placing pieces included Paul Morelli, Lazare Diamonds and Piero Milano. The Diamond Information Centers Red Carpet Collection pieces were worn by Sharon Stone and Marcia Gay Harden, with donations given in their names to the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
The most humorous placement? Comedian Dame Edna donned a head/eyewear creation by Beverly Hills designer Astrik, whose piece was sponsored by Baguette World. The grand dame wore the diamond-encrusted glasses as she shimmied down the halls of the LHermitage hotel looking at Oscar jewelry for a segment on Entertainment Tonight. Astrik originally designed the piece for the Womens Jewelry Associations Diva Awards last year. The unique jewel will be on display at Baguette Worlds booth at the JCK Show in Las Vegas this month.
by Peggy Jo Donahue
||Reese Witherspoon in the evenings biggest trend: chandelier earrings by Fred Leighton.
|Laura Harring, wearing a Molina diamond necklace. Her feet are ensconced in shoes featuring diamonds by Kwiat. Photos from People magazine, by Reuters.
||Astriks unique head/eyewear, which was worn by comedian Dame Edna.